Leica 8x20 Ultravid BR Binocular (Black Rubber)

Leica 8x20 Ultravid BR Binocular (Black Rubber)

Leica 8x20 Ultravid BR Binocular (Black Rubber)

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Leica 8x20 Ultravid BR Binocular (Black Rubber)

Leica 8x20 Ultravid BR Binocular (Black Rubber)

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Product Highlights

  • P40 Phase-Corrected Roof Prisms
  • HighLux Fully Multi-Coated Optics
  • HDC and AquaDura Optical Coatings
  • Short 6-Foot Close Focus Distance
  • Waterproof and Submersible to 16.5 Feet
  • Closed-Bridge/Dual-Hinge Configuration
  • Lightweight and Durable Aluminum Chassis
  • Matte-Black Rubber Armor
  • Low-Profile Center Focusing Wheel
  • Twist-Up Rubber Eyecups
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  • 1Description

Compact and lightweight, the Leica 8x20 Ultravid BR Binocular delivers the views users have come to expect from the brand with an easy to use and convenient to carry form factor.

It is designed with a combination of phase-corrected BAK4 roof prisms, the proprietary HighLux system, and HDC fully multi-coated optics to produce bright and clear color-neutral images, while fitting comfortably in the hand for long, fatigue-free glassing sessions. The HDC coatings add abrasion-resistance to protect the exterior lens surfaces, and the lenses are also treated with AquaDura coatings which make it easy to clean dirt, grime, oils, sap, and fingerprints without leaving residues that can interfere with views. For those who want to make detailed observations of plants, small birds, and insects, this model of the Ultravid has a short 6-foot minimum focus distance to allow viewing without disturbing the subject.

Designed to easily fit in a pocket, pack, or purse, the binocular is made with a dual-hinge system that allows the optical tubes to fold and tuck under the closed bridge to ensure the smallest form factor when fully closed. This also provides a wide interpupillary distance adjustment for easier use by those with narrow faces — like children and adolescents. Helping to reduce the weight to a mere 8.5 ounces, is an aluminum alloy chassis that is wrapped in matte-black rubber armor that provides a slip-resistant grip that feels comfortable in the hand — especially in cold and wet weather. Light, compact, and easy-to-use while delivering bright and clear images, the Ultravid is made to be your constant companion on the trail, at the stadium, or sightseeing around the world.

Optical Performance
  • Moderate 8x power magnifies views while preserving a generous field of view
  • Compact 20mm objective lenses ensure slim optical tubes to maintain a compact form
  • BAK4 roof prisms deliver a round exit pupil, and a crisp and clear image with limited edge distortion
  • P40 phase-correcting prism coating increases light transmission while improving contrast and clarity
  • HDC fully multi-coated system has abrasion-resistant and anti-reflection properties to protect exterior lens surfaces, and improve light transmission and contrast
  • HighLux-System (HLS) maximizes light throughput to improve color rendition and contrast
  • Hydrophobic AquaDura coating on external optical surfaces allows dirt, dust, and fingerprints to be removed easily
  • Close 6-foot minimum focus distance enables detailed observations of bugs, birds, flowers, fauna, and flora at close distances
  • 341-foot field of view at 1000 yards
Use and Handling
  • Closed-bridge/dual-hinge configuration provides a sturdy platform for the internal focusing mechanism
  • Textured long, but low-profile center focusing wheel helps to maintain an overall compact form while still being easy to manipulate
  • Wide 34-74mm interpupillary distance range accommodates use by a wide variety of users — especially those with narrow faces like children and adolescents
  • ±3.5 right-eye dioptric correction allows user to compensate for optical prescription
  • Twist-up rubber eyecups for comfortable use with or without eyewear
  • 15mm eye relief makes long-duration glassing sessions more comfortable with reduced eye strain
  • 2.5mm exit pupil
Construction Details
  • Dual-hinge design allows optical tubes to fold under the bridge for an ultra-compact form factor when closed, to take up less space in packs and pockets
  • Lightweight and durable aluminum alloy chassis
  • O-ring sealed to be waterproof and submersible to a depth of 16.5 feet (5 meters)
  • Compact 4.4x3.7" form factor is easy to pack and carry
  • Light 8.5-ounce weight
In the Box
Leica 8x20 Ultravid BR Binocular (Black Rubber)
  • Cordura Nylon Case
  • Fabric Neck Strap
  • 2 x Ocular Caps
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description
    Prism Type Roof
    Magnification 8x
    Objective Lens Diameter 20 mm
    Angle of View 6.5° (actual)
    Field of View 341.0' @ 1000 yd / 113.2 m @ 1000 m
    Minimum Focus Distance 5.9' / 1.8 m
    Exit Pupil Diameter 2.5 mm
    Eye Relief 15.0 mm
    Interpupillary Adjustment 34.0 - 74.0 mm / 1.3 - 2.9"
    Dioptric Correction ±3.5
    Focus Type Center
    Tripod Mount None
    Dimensions 4.4 x 3.7 x 1.5" / 11.1 x 9.3 x 3.9 cm
    Weight 8.5 oz / 240.0 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.05 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.142 x 4.409 x 3.465"
    8x20 Ultravid BR Binocular (Black Rubber) is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 22.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quality glass I've got a pair of full size Nikon Monarchs, 10x42, but my equipment bag was starting to get unreasonably heavy. I was looking for something light and compact with good optical quality. I figured that these would fit the bill perfectly and I'm pretty happy so far. The optical quality is great and they're even smaller than they looked in the pictures. My only complaint is that it's a bit harder to get your eyes properly aligned with the eyepiece when you first bring them up to your face than with a full-sized pair but that's a general issue with this size factor, not with the Leica's specifically.
    Date published: 2014-07-25
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from great optics, case too tight Great optics and well built, so 5 stars for that. But case is extremely tight and it is difficult to remove the binoculars, so it takes a lot of time and effort to do so. That may be a minor issue for someone who doesn't keep them in a case.The other problem is that Leica does not provide lens covers for the objective lenses. None can even be purchased as an accessory. So there is no way to protect the objective lenses. I know of no other binoculars that do not come with lens covers.
    Date published: 2013-02-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great optics & build in a small package I have had the Trinovids and Nikon Premiers to compare with,and the Ultravids win hands down.The optics are similar to the Nikons,but build quality is MUCH superior.My older Trinovids lacked a little behind in the optics,but like the Ultravids,it is built like a precision tank.It is really amazing how such a small unit can deliver to goods out in the field,although as the sun sets and things get a little darker it starts to show its limitations,but hey,its a compact,no getting around that.
    Date published: 2011-04-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great pair of travel binoculars These binoculars are all you could ask for in a travel pair; my husband and I were looking for pair that we wouldn't think twice about carrying everywhere - non-birding hikes, travel abroad, etc. They are very light and compact, and easily packed. They have great light gathering and clarity. They come with lens caps for the barrels, but not for the oculars. They fit snugly in a nice case that comes with the binoculars. In terms of use, they require a steadier hand than the larger binos, but experienced birders will not have problems using them. They are supposed to work well with glasses, but neither my husband or I wear them. Not sure how the barrel collapsing mechanism will hold up with time. They are expensive
    Date published: 2008-08-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful View I've had these for about a year, and have used them on trips, birdwatching, and at concerts and shows. I use glasses, and these are great for glasses wearers. You can use them with glasses or sunglasses and still get a full field of view. The optics are very, very sharp across the whole field. I've handed these to friends who say, Oh, I can never see anything through binoculars. Then they say Wow, I can see fine with these. You'll really like using these. It's no surprise, but these are daytime-only binoculars, and are of absolutely no use at night. These came with a case, strap and eye cups. The case is pretty good, the strap is just okay, and the eye cups seem pretty cheap for such expensive binoculars. I expect them to be the first thing to fail, but they haven't yet. These are very compact to carry in your luggage, pack, purse, etc. They take up about the same space as one or two pairs of socks.
    Date published: 2009-11-27
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from great binoculars but case too tight The optics are wonderful, as one would expect. Very small and compact and easy to put into a coat pocket. Actually will fit into a man's shirt pocket. Two issues/problems though, which Leica should deal with. Firstly, the case is super tight for the binoculars. It takes a lot of work to pull them out of the case. Also, they do not come with objective lens covers. There does not seem to be a logical explanation for this, and when calling Leica, they were of no help with the issue. With optics of any quality, it should be possible to cover the lenses.
    Date published: 2013-01-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best views This binocular is very small, lightweight, rugged and easy to carry. Can be put in a brief case for ready use. The optics are superb, beats many other binoculars, very good contrast details can be picked out even behind reflected glass/windows. The worst part of this package is the case, relatively speaking, but should sufficiently protect this little gem in most situation.
    Date published: 2012-02-02
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Elegant, lightweight. I use this one when biking or in the city, just because I can't live without going anywhere without binoculars, and my other pairs are too big. This would be a nice bino for e.g. a photographer who has to carry heavy lenses and does not have the energy to carry heavy bins, too. Let's start with saying that this is probably the very best 8x20 you can get. I only gave it four stars, because I think the construction with two hinges is not the most practical. A one hinge - bin like the Zeiss 8*20 victory is preferred for having quicker eye alignment if you need to take them out of the pocket once in a while. For most people however, this won't be an issue. If you can get over the 2 hinge construction (all other manufacturers use this for their 8*20 or 10*25 with the exception of Zeiss and some cheaper brands), you have the money and you want to 'feel' quality, look no further. The central focus is very fluid and easy to use. Close focus is OK, but I would like to see less turns of the wheel to focus from nearby to infinity. I wear glasses, and consider this bino as excellent for me. I even have the impression that I am better off using them with glasses than without, because like every 8*20, the eye alignment is not so easy, and the eyecups are very small and are touching the eyelids. If you don't want this kind of view you have to 'work' on, and you don't really need a very compact bino, go for a more easy to use 8*30 or 8*32.
    Date published: 2010-04-16
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